New York Times

Eternal Rest With the Fishes, as a part of an Artificial Reef To the many ways Americans can honor the remains of the dearly departed – blasting their ashes into space or freezing the remains or simply sealing the body in a coffin, among others – add one more option: mixing the cremation ashes with […]

Press of Atlantic City

In death, a unique way to nurture life Virginia Yard lived for the ocean. Today, she will become part of the sea for the next 500 years. Weather permitting, Virginia Yard’s cremated remains and the remains of seven others that have been incorporated into artificial reef balls will be placed a few miles out to […]

Press of Atlantic City

Laying wreaths and reefs 9 people consigned to deep off A.C. Wilma Sproul once turned a ruined turkey dinner into a memorable Thanksgiving feast using frozen kielbasa and sauerkraut. James Naplacic used to decorate his bayfront home in outlandish themes such as the Polka Palace to outdo his Ocean City neighbors during the annual Night […]

Courier Post Online

Human ashes in concrete become marine habitats When Albert William Marlin Jr. died of an epileptic seizure 21 years ago, his family had an understanding that his ashes someday would be buried with his father, who passed away six years earlier, and his mother when she died. This changed about 10 months ago when the […]

Teen’s remains incorporated in ‘eternal reef’ The sea always held a strong pull on Jan Gallagher’s family. But that was nothing compared to the intensely personal bond the family now has with the sea. These days, when Gallagher looks out to the crashing surf, she sees the teenage daughter she lost 10 years ago. And […]


Green graves give back to nature For some, there’s nothing more ghastly than the idea of having their mortal remains embalmed, sealed in a metal and plastic casket and buried in a cement vault. They’d prefer to be buried “au naturel.” So some companies are thinking outside of the box and offering Earth-friendly burials amid […]